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ISBN-13: 978-0520215269 ISBN-10: 0520215265 Edition: 0th

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"A book that bears the hallmarks of a classic: erudite scholarship, elegant prose, and comprehensive treatment of the topic." -- Journal of Historical Geography

"An extremely impressive piece of scholarship. . . . " -- Canadian Journal of History

"Moya writes with clarity, humor, and grace. . . accessible to the least, as well as the most, methodologically sophisticated readers. . . . " -- The Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"This study will set the standard for all future histories of the immigration experience in Argentina. . . . A landmark work." -- History: Review of New Books

"Written in a compelling and lively manner, exhaustively researched and convincingly argued. . . sets a new standard. . . . " -- Revista de Estudios Hispanicos

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"Moya commands not only the statistical sources but the literary and folklorical ones as well, weaving them in a history that is both analytical and narrative...A superb book that will be a standard monument, not only for Spanish migration and Argentine history, but for migration history in general."

Walter Nugent, University of Notre Dame



"A major achievement, it represents a vast, comprehensive research effort on two continents, using a world-wide background literature and a stunning array of research techniques, all well integrated, on a topic of large scope and significance. The entire enterprise is watched over by an acute, curious, lively mind in notable equilibrium and equanimity, bringing the research to life, fereting out the implications of widely scattered and apparently disparate facts, and reaching many new, significant, and well founded conclusions."

James Lockhart, University of California, Los Angeles



"By far the most original on its subject, this book will become a landmark study in Latin American history."

David Rock, University of California, Santa Barbara



"The scope and depth of Moya's research are impressive...His imaginative use of sources and evidence and lively, frequently entertaining prose make this a stimulating, satisfying, and ascinating study...This is scholarship that is meticulous, well-reasoned, and highly original."

Ida Altman, University of New Orleans



"One of the truly first-rate studies in the vast migration literature--an authentic tour-de-force."

William Douglass, University of Nevada, Reno

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  • Paperback: 586 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (March 31, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520215265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520215269
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #917,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel K Lewis on June 19, 2001
Format: Paperback
Please disregard the childish review filed from Miami. Historians have justly praised Moya's text as a product of broad and extensive research in Argentina and Spain. Relying on archival research, oral history, and cross-national investigations of families and communities across generations, Cousins and Strangers provides a clear explanation of the factors that shape the immigrant experience in Buenos Aires. There is no better book on the subject. It will influence and inspire future researchers who want to investigate the history of immigrant communities and cultures in the Americas for years to come.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2001
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This book is bold in conception, elegant in its execution, imaginative in its methodology. It should be read by anyone interested in the immigrant experience anywhere and in the craft of history in general. Others seem to agree with me. It has won five prestigious awards. Apparently, the taste of readers from Miami is as philistine as their politics.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Pascal on July 28, 2008
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I hope that everyone disregards the first reviewer of this book. I am a student at Barnard College of Columbia University, where Jose Moya is a professor. I had the privilege and pleasure of taking a class with Prof. Moya, entitled Latin American Civilization. This book was the main text of the class and what we eventually had to write our paper on. It was an amazing resource and a tremendous asset to the class, and I don't know why the first reviewer stated that the entire book was inaccurate. This is not the case at all; in fact Cousins and Strangers provides an interesting argument for the immigration of Europeans to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in which he states that this huge wave of immigrants to the area in the 19th century was the result of no one phenomenon, but a combination of five major revolutions. There are a lot of excellent charts, maps, and graphs (all primary sources) that Moya uses to get his points across. For anyone interested in the subject, or anyone such as myself taking a class in Latin American Civ or history, this is a wonderful read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buenoslibros.es on November 14, 2010
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Much as I was afraid of delving into this huge sociological study of Spanish immigration to Buenos Aires (1850-1930), it did not take an hour for me to realize that I had hit on a precious pearl. Granted this is not a popular history, nor is it an assay on historical issues, it is strictly hard sociology, with data, charts and the works. But my, what a talent this man has had putting all this information into a legible and even amusing text. Meant for the academia, it broke the mold and got to the general readers' shelves. Justifiably so.

Being a Spaniard myself, from this devil and witch ridden land of Galicia, with plenty of ties to our diaspora, Argentine and otherwise, I have an irresistible curiosity to understand the hows and whys of those people, generations ago, who decided to leave, who chose for the unknown rather than the comfort of one's own mediocre living, or those lacking what it took and settled with resignation. I wanted to know not only the hardships and physical adventures they chose to go through, and the kind of lives they were willing to forsake, family ties, homes, national cultures; what I wanted to find out, really, is what went on in the back of their minds, in the innermost spot of their souls that made them (them as opposed to the rest who stayed behind) leave. Migrating seems to me as the closest thing to the transmigration of one's soul. I mean this, if one has no say about the family and culture into which he is born, the whole set of circumstances, maybe migrating to a distant and foreign land has to do with it. Maybe its our way of making a statement. I understand it so.
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2 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 14, 2001
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This book is terribly written, full of nonsense, and simply wrong about nearly everything. The author should go to Buenos Aires and see for himself just how far off he was when wrote this strange piece of work.
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